Rooney Mara Joins Nicole Kidman & Dev Patel In ‘Lion’ As Shoot Heads To Oz
The Weinstein Co acquired world rights to Lion outside Australia and New Zealand in Cannes last year. Shooting is currently underway on the drama with Garth Davis (Top Of The Lake) directing from a screenplay by Luke Davies about a young man’s search for his biological family. As the production moves from India to Australia, Rooney Mara, David Wenham (Banished) and Divian Ladwa (Detectorists) are joining the See-Saw Films drama that stars Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel.
The story is based on the true life of Saroo Brierley as chronicled in his book A Long Way Home. It follows a young Indian boy who becomes lost in Kolkata and is eventually adopted by a loving Australian couple. Although reticent to hurt their feelings, his yearning to reconnect with his lost mother and sister is reawakened when he meets some fellow Indians by chance and sets off on a quest to find them.
The King’s Speech‘s Emile Sherman and Iain Canning are producing with Angie Fielder. Also featuring in the film are Indian actors including Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Deepti Naval.
Transmission Films will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.
Weinstein Co. Partners With Wanda for 'Lion' China Release
The best picture contender has already grossed over $77 million at the global box office. Lion's journey will now continue into China.
Wanda has taken an equity stake in the Garth Davis-directed feature, with a commitment to release the film in China.
This is not the first partnership for Wanda and Weinstein. In 2014, the companies co-produced the boxing movie Southpaw.
Lion has grossed $38 million at the domestic box office, and $77 million worldwide. A Chinese release with the world's largest movie theater operator would prove very lucrative for the the best picture contender.
Dev Patel stars in the true story of Saroo Brierly, an Australian of Indian descent who was adopted by a Tasmanian family after being separated from his birth mother, only to track her down using Google maps and travel back to India some two decades later.